Sunday, August 29, 2004

A Conundrum for Anarcho-Libertarians

If the lack of government is supposed to promise heaven on Earth, why is it that the Somalis are setting about erecting a new government? Perhaps Hobbes' description of anarchy as the "war of all against all" just might have something to it?

Somalia has moved closer to establishing its first central government in more than 15 years.
The first step in the process, creating a parliament, came nearer to completion when 64 members were sworn in on Sunday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The move means that 258 members of the 275-member assembly are now in place, with the remaining 17 to be appointed later.
The new body is expected to elect a president to be based in Mogadishu.
Somalia's central government fell apart in 1991, after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was forced out by warlords.
The ensuing fighting between clans led to famine and disease, which resulted in the deaths of up to one million people.
Hardly seems like paradise to me. No wonder they're willing to surrender some of their liberty in order to preserve the rest of it.